now that the confinement restrictions in Kenya are slowly being lifted, our seamstresses have returned to our workshops and are busy sewing products in order to support themselves and their families.
Our store in Hopewell is open and we are grateful for our customers who continue supporting our artisans. We have also ramped up our wholesale initiatives and hope to generate income selling bulk inventory to retailers.
The only catch is that much of our inventory still remains in Kenya. In order to fulfill the demand, we need to bring their products to the US. Due to COVID-19, our usual network of volunteer-travelers to and from Kenya has been reduced to zero. It is unclear when travel might resume. Our attempts at shipping through the Kenyan Postal service has proven to be unreliable with packages deemed ‘lost in transit’. DHL shipping is reliable for small shipments but larger shipments are extraordinarily expensive.
The least expensive option for us to move product from Kenya to the US is through a freight-forwarder or a commercial shipper. The economy-of-scale brings the cost of shipping down significantly, which will enable us to sell more product and open up the bulk, wholesale markets to us.
Hence, we have generated this fundraising campaign with the goal to raise $8,500 as fast as we can in order to bring the inventory to US with the help of a commercial shipper. The success of this one campaign will be a huge catalyst for our operation and will ultimately allow us to help more women become skilled, empowered, and active members of their local economy – women who become independent from outside assistance and self reliant – as has always been the goal for our programs.
Thank you for considering donating to our campaign, sharing with your friends and helping us to continue to support some of the most vulnerable women and girls in Kenya through this pandemic and beyond.
The Seeds to Sew Team